The top eight

They are the chosen ones – and some of the most promising talents of their generation. Say hello to the top eight finalists for the H&M Design Award 2015.

The eight graduates, chosen from the world’s leading design schools, will present their collection to a jury of fashion experts. This year’s jury is particularly star-studded, with names like Lily Allen, Luella Bartley and Tommy Ton.

This is the fourth edition of the H&M Design Award, and the winner will be announced on January 27, 2015. He or she will receive a prize sum of €50,000, and their own catwalk show to present the winning collection at Stockholm Fashion Week. The winner will also receive mentoring and the chance to develop pieces from the winning collection to be sold at selected H&M stores.

“As a design-driven company, it is an honour for H&M to be able to support fashion’s future talents. The level of creativity, passion and technical skills we’ve seen for this year’s H&M Design Award is exceptional,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Head of Design for New Development.

Magdalena took her MA at the Geneva University of Art and Design. Her collection is based on positive and celebratory ideas of death.

Andreas took his Masters at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, Sweden. His nominated collection used taping to develop new ideas in outdoor wear.

GRAHAM FAN (Canada/Hong Kong)
An MA graduate from Central Saint Martins, London. Graham used hand-woven techniques to develop the complex textiles for his minimalist silhouettes. 

Andrea studied on the MFA program at Parsons, in New York. For her collection, she used the antithesis of her aesthetics to define herself and her work in a new way.

James took the MA course at the Royal College of Art in London. His inspiration was photographic imagery of garments caught in movement.

LEONARD KOCIC (Serbia/Sweden)
Leonard studied at Beckmans College of Design in Sweden. His nominated collection is based on his memories of his mother.

XIMON LEE (Hong Kong)
Ximon studied menswear at Parsons, New York. His collection was inspired by the documentary “Children of Leningradsky”.

Fiona studied on the BA course at Central Saint Martins, London. Her inspiration for her nominated collection came from women painting pictures of other women.

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